If you’ve ever shopped anywhere with co-op, whole, or natural in the name you have likely seen the mascot of this post. He is known as the natural, organic, local, GMO free, super food, free range, hormone free, petroleum free, dye free, scent free, tie dye, medicinal, herbal, beard-growth-enhancing-essential-oil-balm-of-his-own-invention, environment man.
I’m sure you know him. You’ve probably seen him with his natural fibers and Birkenstocks leaving behind the distinct scent of patchouli in his wake.
This man is one of many who roam around the strange and weird town I live in. After growing up in what can only be described as one giant carbon footprint, this man was a foreign concept to me.
Then I started hanging out with the locals.
I was set in my hometown’s ways and the transition from landfill contributor to composter was an interesting one. Then I was introduced to organic, GMO-free, local and natural foods. They’re amazing. Seriously, if you haven’t enjoyed a bottle of Kombucha or kale grown next door you haven’t lived.
My reception to these foods was positive so my friends decided it was time to introduce me to all-natural products for more than my belly.
Most of them sucked.
Most of them were expensive and full of disappointment. I wanted to like them–I really did–but they were exceptional crap. It didn’t even matter that I was taking actions to prevent cancer and strange lumps with teeth from growing on my body. They were so awful.
Nevertheless, I persisted, and I have found a solid list of products that are natural and good for you, and don’t suck. Enjoy!
1. Portland Bee Balm
This product is totally bomb. I am a chap stick fiend. I can burn through a tube of that stuff in a matter of days. It’s probably because I’m a mouth breather but regardless it has made me a chap stick connoisseur of sorts. This balm is awesome. It is thick and actually stays on my lips for some serious lip healing magic. I don’t have to use it even half as much as other balms. It is scent and dye free but made with beeswax which gives it a slight honey scent. This might be my favorite chap stick I’ve used.
2. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
I’m hoping many of you have used this product because it’s amazing and really kind to the environment. Growing up, my only knowledge of this soap was from camping trips when my dad jumped into freezing rivers to clean up with it so I associated it with crazy old dudes for a long time (love you dad). Then I met my honey who uses this soap on the daily. One fine morning I used it and I realized that nothing is quit as refreshing as a hefty dose of body and mind tingling peppermint. You can find others with different essential oils in them as well. They’re awesome.
3. Cantu hair mask
I’ve written about my nature baby ways many times so you know by now that I like being in the wind and weather. This means my hair dries out like straw. Wind is some harsh stuff. I have four heads worth of hair and when it’s dry, which is pretty typical, it will tangle at the sight of wind. I use this hair mask to remedy that potential disaster and prevent a giant dreadlock from forming. It smells fantastic and works incredibly well. My hair has been like silk since I started using this and I’ve found that the effects last way longer than when I have used unnatural masks.
4. Henna powder
Henna has been around since forever. It’s a wonderful substance that you might know of from its skin staining uses, particularly in Indian weddings. There are multiple types of henna powders but, generally speaking, you will always get the same color. I like to dye my hair with it sometimes. It turns out to be a crazy bright red and it makes your hair incredibly soft. Full disclosure: if you do choose to dye your hair with henna and then decide you want to dye it chemically again, wait a long time. It can really damage and freak out your hair if you don’t. I learned that the hard way.
5. Burt’s Bees eucalyptus lip balm
As far as natural products go, Burt’s Bees is a classic line. It’s the one brand pretty much everyone knows. I have always been a little resistant to it because it’s a main-stream line and I’m a hipster (hard to please aren’t I?). It’s fantastic though! My man uses this and the first time I kissed him my lips were all tingly and moisturized. It was great and I needed my own tube of it! It’s smooth, very moisturizing, gives you a tingle, and feels fantastic. So, I’m on the bandwagon now. Join me.
6. Natural solid perfumes
These smell amazing and come in a cool container. Enough said.
7. Pacifica products
I love Pacifica. They make products that make me feel very feminine and pretty, they smell great, and the packaging is really lovely. I do judge books by their covers, by the way. This brand makes candles, perfumes, lotions, and all kinds of products that just feel good.
I am obsessed with bees and I am also obsessed with bee products. Beeswax is really an all-purpose product. It can be used to waterproof shoes, make natural lip balms, candles, salves, and many other neat things. It’s a really cool product and it’s made 100% naturally. I recommend playing around with beeswax and see what you can do with it.
9. Lunette Cup
Some of you are probably totally freaked out about menstrual cups. I used to be like you, but I can tell you that these are awesome. It’s amazing not needing to buy tampons or worry about the 8 hours that a tampon lasts. You can wear these for a long time–like 12 hours long–and you can move and swim with them, no problem. Here’s a starter kit. Yes, the price is higher than a box of tampons, but in the long run, you save money. You don’t feel them and you can even get them in rocking colors. They’re good for your body and I really support the use of these.
10. Essential oils
Every plant you can think of probably has an essential oil and a thousand uses (like these). Mom used essential oils to make me a great serum to moisturize my skin and it smells good and doesn’t make me break out. You can use essential oils in so many ways. It takes some exploring but it’s really fun and once you find the right uses they are awesome.
If you have any other all-natural products you think I should try let me know in the comments!